Community transport: you are invited to go along to a public meeting about the future of community transport in the dale tonight, Thursday, July 4 at 7pm at Pateley Bridge Council Chamber, King Street. Hear about current plans, have your say and volunteer to help if you can. Further details from Katy Penn, Nidderdale Plus, 01423 714953.
Burnt Yates Cricket Club: on Saturday, July 6, the 1st team is playing Killinghall 2 at home while the 2nd team is away to North Stainley 2. Both matches get underway at 2pm.
Vicarage Garden Party: because of the rain last year’s garden party actually was held in the Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall so it is hoped that this year the weather will be kinder. It is taking place on Saturday, July 6 between 2-4pm in Church Lane. On offer are Pimms, scones and teas. There will also be a variety of stalls to entertain all ages. If you are so inclined you can pay to throw wet sponges at the vicar!
Burnt Yates School News: after school on Wednesday, June 19 a number of children from the Juniors took part in the athletics competition at Nidderdale High School with other schools from the cluster. Well done to the whole team who jumped, ran, threw and who generally had a great evening competing against the other schools in the tournament. At the time of going to press the results are awaited. It was a busy week last week with the school sports days being held as well as the musical extravaganza the children have been working so hard to perfect.
Hampsthwaite School News: I was delighted to hear from Andrew Phoenix the head teacher and in future I hope to include regular updates about the happenings at the school. He tells me the greenhouse has been completed, with the children working on the final panel to create the door. This has been a fantastic community effort, with over 2,000 bottles donated by our local people for the project. The Horizon Life charity team (who also constructed our new outdoor stage area, quiet garden and vegetable garden last summer) built the frame and main greenhouse panels, which were then erected on site, with the children helping complete the project by washing, preparing and assembling the bottles. The PTA funded the project. The greenhouse will be used to grow plants from seed, and to cultivate tender crops like tomatoes. Incidentally, the school teams are four colours, and each team includes children from all year groups. The children collect house points towards their team’s total every term, but the team system has been used to organise things like the vegetable garden, where each plot is looked after by a particular team, and there will be an award for the best plot a the end of the season.
Hampsthwaite Players: presented cheques for £4,000 each to Pancreatic Cancer UK and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research at a “do” in the Village Room on June 20. £8,000 was raised by the player’s production of Calendar Girls which was performed in the spring. Ken Fradley, the chairman, Christine Toulson the secretary and committee members Heather Fradley and Michael McVey accepted the cheque on behalf of the Leukaemia charity and the players were told how the survival rates have increased dramatically over the last 40 years due to the research. In contrast John Nathan who accepted the cheque on behalf of Pancreatic Cancer UK said that survival rates from the disease had improved little and survival rates are still in single figures with more funds desperately needed for research. Chatting to John later, he told me that he too has pancreatic cancer and he was philosophical about his future, In the short time he has left, he is doing all he can to support the charity. It transpired as a doctor at the Bramhope surgery, he had looked after my father in his final illness. Light relief was provided by Lynda Logan and Tricia Stewart two of the original Calendar Girls who amused the players with tales of the 14 years since their WI calendar hit the headlines. Nearly £4m has been raised since the ladies first produced those iconic pictures taken by Lynda’s husband Terry in the privacy of her front room. Some of the humorous moments in the film were based on the ladies own experiences. Helen Mirren played Tricia in the film – both Miss Octobers posing with a cider press. Lynda was Miss July and given her background posed with an artist’s easel. Readers with long memories will recall that Lynda’s daughter Georgina used to have Chantry House Gallery in Ripley. Lynda and Terry used to exhibit their paintings there and chatting to Lynda, I asked how Georgina is and was told she is still living on our patch and her lovely silk paintings are still on show at Ripley from time to time. So what is the next production? The panto of course! But which one? I did not get a straight answer. Tricia Stewart said she had just been to see The Full Monty in Leeds and thought that would be a fitting follow up for a future production. The suggestion seemed to find favour among the female members of the players and I have a feeling if the group did put that on, it will be a full house every night!